Top Contouring Makeup Products

Top Contouring Makeup Products

Top Contouring Makeup Products For Different Skin Colors

Very few people are born with a sculptured bone structure. But thankfully contouring makeup allows anyone to create the illusion of chiseled cheekbones and defined jawlines by playing with light and shadow. Here are the best contouring makeup products that every woman needs to own.

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Contouring Makeup Products for Fair Skin Color

NYX Powder Blush in Taupe

To contour porcelain, complexions choose a cool shade such as NYX Powder Blush in Taupe and work the product underneath your cheekbones, temples, brow bone, and under your jawline. Use a light hand when contouring and blend well as any contrast in color will stand out dramatically on pale skin.

NYX Powder Blush in Taupe

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

Color-infused highlighting products will show up on darker skin tones but tend to blend seamlessly into fair skin with little to no effect. Focus on illuminating instead with a pearlescent highlighter such as Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

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Revlon Powder Blush in Oh Baby

The best shade of blush for ivory skin tones is the one similar to your natural lip shade. For cool, pink undertones choose a deep rose or pink such as Revlon Powder Blush in Oh Baby. Women with warm, yellow undertones look best-wearing apricot.

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Contouring Makeup for Medium Skin Color

Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium

The medium skin color covers a broad range of variations in pigments, but a great neutral color is Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium. Steer clear of contouring products with too much orange in them.

Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium

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Burberry Fresh Glow Powder in Golden Radiance

Don’t be afraid to try darker highlighters such as Burberry Fresh Glow Powder in Golden Radiance. This product is designed to illuminate the skin but can also be used to contour.

Burberry Fresh Glow Powder in Golden Radiance

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Maybelline New York Fit Me Blush in Deep Mauve

Dusty mauve blushes such as Maybelline New York Fit Me Blush in Deep Mauve will compliment yellow undertones while women with red undertones are suited to raspberry pinks.

Maybelline New York Fit Me Blush in Deep Mauve

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Contouring Makeup for Olive Skin Color

Stila Shape and Shape Custom Contour Duo

The key to contouring is building up light layers, but darker skin tones allow for a more confident application. Look for warm chocolate and caramel tones as found in Stila Shape and Shape Custom Contour Duo.

Stila Shape and Shape Custom Contour Duo

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Dreamy Glow Highlighter by Charlotte Tilbury

The natural glow in your skin allows you to play with golden highlighters in warm shades, and our favorite is the Dreamy Glow Highlighter by Charlotte Tilbury. Sweep across the top of the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and on the cupids box for sun-kissed radiance.

Dreamy Glow Highlighter by Charlotte Tilbury

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Giorgio Armani’s Cheek Fabric

When it comes to blush warm peach tones with hints of orange flatter olive skin; Giorgio Armani’s Cheek Fabric in Ecstasy will give your skin tone a luxurious lift.

Giorgio Armani’s Cheek Fabric

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Contouring Makeup for Dark Skin Color

Smashbox Step By Step

Depending on your skin tone you may also want to work a darker shade into your temples, underneath your cheekbones and your chin. When combining both a dark and light product be sure to blend well. Our pick is Smashbox Step By Step as it provides three different shades to play with.

Smashbox Step By Step

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Ellis Faas Glow Up in Deep Glow

To emphasize your inner glow apply a highlighter in either a colorless or terracotta shade such as Ellis Faas Glow Up in Deep Glow. Apply it above your cheekbones, across your eyelids, on the chin, and down the nose.

Ellis Faas Glow Up in Deep Glow

NARS Blush

Look for berry blush shades if you have a red undertone, alternatively, if you have a yellow undertone go for an orange blush. Ebony skin tones allow you to play around with brighter pigments.

NARS Blush

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Contouring Makeup Tips

  • Contouring absorbs light and is used to manipulate the shape of facial features such as the forehead, cheekbones, chin, and nose. Look for matte products that are two shades darker than your skin color. In contrast, highlighting accentuates the areas of your face which naturally catch the light. Look for a highlighter two shades lighter than your skin tone.
  • If you are a contouring expert, feel free to experiment with creams and liquids, but as a beginner, these products will overwhelm you and are unnecessary for an everyday makeup routine.
  • To find the angles in your face look at your reflection in the natural light and take note of the shadows (contouring) and areas where the light bounces off (highlighting). Standing underneath an overhead light is an excellent way to find the best places to contour. Another tip is to suck in your cheeks; the line across your cheek is a good starting place for contouring.